"I want to assure my Filipino brothers and sisters that, if given the chance and everything can be worked out, I sincerely wish to play for Gilas and contribute to the total team effort for flag and country," Clarkson said in a interview by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (SBP).
Clarkson's mother hails from the Philippines so he is positive that he will be accepted into the team. FIBA rules allow one naturalized player on each national team but the Philippines squad already has former Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche.
However, being positive, Clarkson came to the country to familiarize himself with the national team and even accompany them when they play the 2015 Jones Cup Basketball Tournament in Taiwan.
The basketball association's executive director Sonny Barrios said he was hopeful they could clear all the requirements of FIBA in time to get Clarkson to play for Gilas in China in September at the Asia qualifying round for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.
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